Wednesday, June 29, 2016

New online TROUT tool helps Wisconsin anglers find places to fish

A new online map and user tool for trout will help anglers find places to fish and gain information about local regulations.
Developed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fisheries bureau, the tool is available through dnr.wi.gov, using the keyword "TROUT." The map includes public land and DNR fishing easements.
"With more than 13,000 miles of trout streams, revised regulations and several important new classifications and easements this year alone, Wisconsin anglers have more places to go trout fishing than ever before," said Joanna Griffin, DNR trout coordinator. "The new tool will help anglers locate great places to fish, find access points and check regulations. The database contains the latest information available - an important factor since this year alone, we have 14 streams with upgraded classifications. It also includes 27 streams that were recently documented as sustaining trout populations with six of these earning the coveted Class 1 designation."
The TROUT tool, an acronym for Trout Regulations and Opportunities User Tool, will optimize anglers' time on the water by showing where publicly accessible land is relative to roads, bridge crossings and trout streams. This tool provides anglers with:
  • on-the-go mobile access to trout streams and regulations;
  • roads, aerial images and fishing easements; and
  • the ability to find a location, measure distances and print/save a customized map for a fishing trip.
The tool allows anglers to click a colored section of stream to see the specific regulation for that section of water. Check the fisheries regulations page for more information. An additional layer to the map provides insight in to the type of the fishery by identifying the trout stream classification.
Users may zoom in or out to find more detailed information. Once a location is identified, anglers may click to open a window describing the bag limit and season.